Friday, May 15, 2009

beauty as we age--Dostoyevsky

I love this quote from Dostoyevshy's "Brothers Karamoazov " --about old age

" .....the fiery blood of youth gives way to the gentle serenity of old age. I bless the rising sun each day, and my heart sings to it as of old, but now I love its setting even more, its long slanting rays and the quiet, gentle, tender memories that come with them, the dear images from the whole of my long and blessed life---and over it all Divine Truth, tender, reconciling, and all-forgiving! My life is drawing to a close. I know that, I feel it. But I also feel every day that is left to me how my earthly life is already in touch with a new, infinite, unknown but fast-approaching future life, the anticipation of which sets my soul trembling with rapture, my mind glowing , and my heart weeping with joy....."


  1. Dostoyevsky, is a little deep for me but i do like that quote :)

    hi nannykim, read your comment that you left on "preacherman's" blog,

    and the part that someone you know has Alzheimer's caught my eye, my mother has it too.

    I read some of your other blogs and I like them,
    I love the pictures ya got here.

    have a nice day!

  2. Thanks for your questions. No, I am not a speed reader. But since I am retired I can stay at reading as long as I want. Some weeks I don't even finish one book. Other weeks I may read two. Sometimes I get caught up in a book and can't put it down until I have to. Reading is very relaxing to some people but many times it really makes me tired. I get caught up in the book emotionally and seem to live out what is happening. Since I am a book reviewer I sometimes schedule books to come too soon and I have to "get on with it." Thanks again for your interest. Have a good day!

  3. i really need to start reading good literature again!

  4. Coming over from The Lettered Cottage today, Word of the Year post . Love the quote. Given my own age, I can appreciate the serinity of age these days but the passion still flares up now and again! :)